Peter Lauer Riesling Sekt Brut Réserve 1991
Florian Lauer's Réserve series is truly unique. The sparkling wine sometimes stays on the yeast for 30 years before it is then disgorged. This creates a weird complexity with maturing notes, but the sparkling wine itself remains fresh. The Riesling sparkling wine shines brightly golden in the glass. The Perlage is still surprisingly present. Only 10.5% vol. Alcohol. The bouquet is totally crazy. You have woodruff, some brioche, but even more cocoa fruit and a mixture of botrytis and forest honey. It is surprising how much this sparkling wine still bears the Saar-Riesling stamp after all these years. It smells like a mature cabinet from the 80s with this quince jelly note. The bouquet alone captivates you for several minutes due to the incredible complexity. The palate then continues lean but profound. I have a fine acidity here, then ripened petrol notes like with residual sweet Riesling, but is crisp and dry. A little bit of walnut and dill and ginger also sound after everything. Its predecessors from 1984 and 1988 are similar in basic style, but they differ in their respective expressions. The 91 reserve is creamy and quite charming, but also very straightforward with a lot of traction. Insane how the Lauers manage to do it with the freshness. Really strong.